iPhone apps and startup developers

Popularity of iPhones resulted in the rapidly growing number of apps, so on my first day to work, after a few months off with a newborn, I couldn't resist to attend the local Silicon Valley iPhone Developers' meetup, which hosted quite a few iPhone developers trying to monetize and promote their apps as well as discussing success factors. What was interesting is that in the back end these apps are not much different from the traditional Social Networking ones. The server side of the gaming application demoed at the event, TapDefence, was implemented in Python and hosted on the Google App Engine. You may wonder why, well it's a free hosting environment. So, the server side OS of the iPhone apps could be anything from OpenSolaris to Linux.

As a pattern lover, I'll have to mention that Addison-Wesley was announcing an upcoming book on Cocoa Design Patterns. The Cocoa frameworks have been out since 1988 and are still in use. The frameworks can be accessed by Objective-C, AppleScript, Python, and Ruby. The Cocoa Touch framework is used with iPhone SDK to build iPhone apps.

Finally, talking about what's on my mind, at the meetup they were looking for Beta testers for the iPhone baby care app that keeps track of baby's vitamins intake, feeding and diaper change schedule, etc. I wonder if it's really useful or simply counter productive, will have to test it out.
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Marina Fisher is a member of Oracle ISV Engineering team, posting blogs around industries, technologies, and applications she is working with.

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